splash! Festival confirms first acts for anniversary edition: KENDRICK LAMAR, LIL UZI VERT, UFO361, TRETTMANN, BADMÓMZJAY, YUNG LEAN, GLORILLA and many more. come to Ferropolis.
Germany’s most important hip-hop festival today announces the first line-up drop for its anniversary edition: at the 25th anniversary of the splash! Festivals from June 29th to July 1st 2023 all signs point to Moshpit. A total of 45 acts are part of the announcement. There are artists who have been shaping the splash! DNA for many years, but also exciting newcomers who are on the verge of becoming the voices of the next hip-hop decade.
He is undoubtedly the most important rapper of our time: KENDRICK LAMAR comes to the birthday edition of the splash! Festival. After his brilliant solo show in Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena last year, hip-hop Germany was unanimous: Here someone writes history as soon as they enter the stage. The splash! crowd will now have this experience in the unique setting of Ferropolis, when the Pulitzer Prize winner, (since Monday) 17-time Grammy winner and undoubted G.O.A.T. ten years after his first splash! appearance on the main stage. With LIL UZI VERT and UFO361, two absolute favorite acts of the splash! audience are returning to Ferropolis as headliners. Just last year, LIL UZI VERT caused an international sensation on the splash! stage with what is probably the most blatant stage dive – a somersault into the celebrating crowd. UFO361 has been setting new standards in the German rap scene for years. One of his most unforgettable splash! moments was a joint appearance with US rap legend Future in 2019.
The first announced co-headliner TRETTMANN also has a long history with splash!. Germany’s longest-serving rap festival and the Saxon hip-hop legend not only share their hometown, but countless memories of escalative splash! shows. The fact that TRETTMANN will release his last album together with the Berlin producer collective KitschKrieg at the splash! introduces should be a closing circle for many rap fans.
US rapper SKI MASK THE SLUMP GOD is happy to return to the splash! Beach Stage as part of the birthday lineup. The confirmation of the exceptional Swedish artist YUNG LEAN, who will make up for his performance from last year, which was canceled at short notice, should also trigger particular anticipation.
In general, the international lineup of the splash! Nothing to be desired in 2023: The newly crowned rap queen from Memphis, GLORILLA, is making her splash! debut this year. With KEN CARSON and DESTROY LONELY, two Atlanta artists are doing the honors for the first time. As part of Playboi Carti’s opium label posse, the two are rightly touted as next-generation heirs to the throne. Critics’ darling DENZEL CURRY and XXL freshman COCHISE are also coming straight from Florida to the splash! birthday party. Straight outta Compton, YG travels to Ferropolis with a ton of hits. Also Canadian dark rap export NIGHT LOVELL and multi-talented newcomer JELEEL! can’t resist flying to Germany for the splash! anniversary. And with the confirmation of SKAIWATER and AITCH, fans of UK rap should get their money’s worth.
Artists from the German rap cosmos such as BADMÓMZJAY, HAFTBEFEHL, CÉLINE, KITTY KAT and FLAVIO will ensure unforgettable splash! moments. Performances by SKI AGGU, $OHO BANI, LIZ, GOLA GIANNI AND VIKO63 & PENGLORD are allowed to escalate. The 102 BOYZ, RAPK, TEUTERECORDZ and LUGATTI & 9INE travel with full crew power from Berlin and Cologne to spoil the crowd with sophisticated bars. Acts like KWAM.E, TAKT32, LUVRE47, KANI82 and KITANA show that sharp flows and mosh pits are not mutually exclusive. From abstract vibes á la HAIYTI, SOULY, BIBIZA, SAMPAGNE and 3310 to laid back styles by ELI PREISS, VERIFIZIERT and JONNY5 & FERGY53 to a complete turnup, served by TIGHTILL & DONVTELLO and DENNIS DIES DAS, forms the first line-up-Drop perfectly reflects the versatility of the hip-hop landscape and at the same time dares to take a look into the future of it.